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Green Lantern Annual: 2021

Writer: Ryan Cady Artist: Sami Basri, Tom Derenick Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 8, 2021 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 17
7.9Critic Rating
7.3User Rating

Once an agoraphobic scared to even leave her room, Jessica Cruz overcame her fear to become a Green Lantern and face the darkest and deadliest threats in the universe. But now, Jessica’s gone from overcoming fear to using it as a weapon. When Yellow Lanterns attacked the Green Lantern Sector House she took refuge in when the Central Power battery was destroyed, Jessica turned the tables on them, giving them something to be afraid of, as she beat them one-by-one. But now that she’s been offered a place in the Sinestro Corps, will she accept?

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Sep 7, 2021

    While this issue fits into the larger story being told in Green Lantern, it also stands on its own as it introduces and examines some really intriguing themes that set up something further down the line. It's a great character focused issue that just doesn't stop. Just when you think you've figured it out, it goes a bit further and gives a whole new way of looking at Jessica and Hal Jordan. The ideas here go far beyond the current Green Lantern comic or the concept as such in the DC Universe. Fear is something we all understand and something that the world has been dealing with rather prominently in various ways in recent years. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Comic Watch - Cody White Sep 7, 2021

    Green Lantern Annual 2021 is a stunning piece of character work that might be one of the best unexpected surprises of the year! From #DCComics @rycady SamiBasriArt on IG @tderenick @hificolor #robleigh Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Matthew Aguilar Sep 8, 2021

    I would read this as an ongoing series without a second thought, but as an annual, this is a must for any fan of the Corps without a doubt. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Sep 7, 2021

    As a fan of Jessica Cruz, I was hesitant to accept her turn as a Yellow Lantern in Green Lantern 2021 Annual #1. Cady and his collaborators proved a character can make a jump like this one and make it work. This issue also does a great job of showing how fear and the way of the Yellow Lantern can be used for good, even if it draws its power from a negative feeling. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Sep 7, 2021

    Jessica Cruz's journey continues and while people might be pissed right off the bat because they have preconceived notions about what yellow means..... Ryan Cady continues his story from Future State that takes us on a must-see look at how Jessica Cruz went from being a victim of fear to controlling it to becoming a master of it. A great progression and my only real problems in this issue come from Hal Jordan, but it's not his story. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Bleeding Cool - Hannibal Tabu Sep 12, 2021

    Aside from trying to figure out who to root against, the six-dollar price tag is perhaps the biggest villain here. Without that, this is indeed an enjoyable work that maybe gives us something new to consider. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Sep 20, 2021

    As to the second question, it appears one of the few Lanterns with a working ring, Hal Jordan, has remained on Earth to keep it safe (while the rest of the universe goes to hell). While perhaps not the best use of the character, I guess this makes sense in his role as the Green Lantern of Earth. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Sep 7, 2021

    Cady does a nice job of justifying this latest shift for Jessica Cruz. The key will be how this new development is followed up in future Green Lantern issues. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Sep 9, 2021

    Ryan Cady does an okay job on the script. It is serviceable with a few nice scenes. The art by Sami Basri is actually very good. Basri should be on a regular series as the art is very accomplished. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - ozwoods Sep 7, 2021

    Green Lantern Annual: 2021 does its best to present a case for Jessica Cruz joining the Sinestro Corps. The reasoning of why Jessica stays is debatable, but it pulls on the right connections based on her history with fear. The change is likely temporarily, and the real question is what DC will actually do with her as a Yellow Lantern. Ryan Cady delivers solid characterization for the major characters, notably Jessica and Sinestro with the exception of Hal Jordan. The art team did a good job with the visuals and colors, especially the action scenes. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Blog Of Oa - Myron Rumsey Sep 13, 2021

    Seven out of ten lanterns. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Carlos R. Sep 8, 2021

    While not without its hiccups, this issue was a fun read and there are some great actions scenes that are designed really well. If Jessica Cruz has become one of your favorite Lanterns, you should definitely give it a read as it pairs nicely with the Green Lantern #6 issue out this week as well. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Quinn Sep 8, 2021

    I LOVED this issue. It did something a comic book hasn’t done in a long time. It surprised me in a positive way. I was very skeptical about turning Jessica Yellow. (See what I did there). It seem d like a twist for the sake of a twist. Sort of “look at what we are doing, aren’t we daring.”

    Well, Ryan Cady got it right. He presented a strong case for Yellow Jess. Think about it. It must be addicting to be a Lantern, no matter the color of the ring. Jessica had the choice of going home and being powerless, or taking a Yellow ring and still fighting. What I really liked was that we could totally see that she is being seduced to the Yellow side, she was also not lied to, talked down to or criticized by Sinestro. He actually w more

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  • 8.5
    J. Rabbit Sep 30, 2021

    Pencil/Ink: Better than Good
    Writing: Better than Good
    Story: Great
    Layout: Good
    Color: Good
    Lettering: Good

    This book has some subtle but very well-done symbolism that gives the Yellow Lanterns a deeper, more meaningful, and nuanced angle to work with. I hope to see more of Cruz wearing the Yellow.

  • 8.0
    Raging Rainbow Sep 14, 2021

    Talking about the new Green Lantern annual and the big change in store for one Jessica Cruz. I wasn't sure how to feel about this particular turn for this character, although it has grown on me and I'm becoming more used to the idea.

  • 8.0
    Fracadactyl Sep 7, 2021

    I like how some people are taking risks with some characters. Jessica Cruz has always been defined by her anxieties for a while. So with a chance to take control of her fear, it's always welcome. Especially since she's not magically better at it than with other emotions. She still messes up sometimes but takes the way to fix it. Even Hal's impressed with how this develops, even if he is a little cautious about it. Probably because Sinestro plays a charming sociopath around this time. I just wish the cover didn't false advertise so much.

  • 7.5
    daspidaboy Sep 7, 2021

    I didn't really hate this book to be honest. It made sense that Jessica Cruz being the Yellow Lantern because she has panic attacks and can learn how to control her fear. Maybe because I am not a Sinestro fan but I wasn't offended by this issue or anything

  • 7.0
    Amazing Psycamorean Oct 4, 2021

    This is alright. It kind of feels out of place.

  • 6.0
    Merlyn Sep 7, 2021

    Jessica Cruz is one of the few characters from recent years at DC I've grown to love. So seeing her as a Yellow Lantern definitely felt cheap. Now the story isn't bad but once you read the whole story Sinestro's sell sounds pretty weak and stupid.

  • 1.0
    Maud Benjamin Sep 7, 2021

    Just stop this bullshit. Sinestro dispises Kyle Ranyer because he considers Kyle an unworthy Green Lantern. Why would he have an eye for Jessica, the most unworthy earth lantern of all? And Hal's always been an empathetic person. He mentored Jessica when she joined the league. They have a close relationship like brother and sister. The writer is just dwarfing Hal to push Jessica, shamefully .
    It's sad to come to know, in these days, Hal Jordan, or his archenemy, is just a plot tool to push those secondary lanterns. And it's really a weird and stupid business strategy since Hal is still DC's most popular Green Lantern.

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    Bruno Mael Nov 20, 2021

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  • 8.5
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